Friends and relatives have stepped up their online appeal for information about a British man missing in Thailand.
On Monday, Steven Ricketts, 39, from Norwich, posted a video on Facebook which caused concern among his friends and family.
The video, in which Steven talks about his struggles with depression, is now being shared by his friends to expat Facebook groups in Thailand in a hope that someone knows Steven’s whereabouts.
Since posting the video, Steven has posted two new updates on Facebook.
One update posted on Wednesday read:
“I came to Thailand to try to find a happy place in my head. I’ve made my decision and I’m at peace with myself. The idea of being detained by the Thai authorities is really stressing me out. I just want to enjoy some happy time before I go…”
Another update posted later read:
“I never wanted to cause any drama! My video was to raise awareness…Please respect my decision. I can’t do this anymore… Please let me have one last chance of happiness…”
Friends posting on Facebook say Steven may be in Phuket.
Earlier this week police in the UK confirmed they are liaising with Thai authorities
“Officers are aware of a video posted on social media by Steven which prompted concerns for his safety,” a spokesperson for Norfolk Police said.
“We have liaised with the National Crime Agency and authorities in Thailand are aware and trying to establish his whereabouts.
“Anyone who hears from Steven is asked to contact Norfolk Police on 101 immediately.”
The charity Samaritans is available around the clock for people who want to talk.
If you or anyone you know is in need of mental health services, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).